Photo Blogging Challenge – Colourful

Top-banner.jpgAugust 2014

This month’s Photo Blogging Challenge is – Colourful

It looks like I’m a bit late this month. The time is flying past now.

I came across my fifth photo from last months ‘baseball’ challenge. I had forgotten I took it. But it fits in nicely with this months challenge. I give you a colourful, base ball!

colourful 1We stopped for a cool drink, while we were out in the heat a couple of weeks ago and I thought how colourful Mo was looking, as she sipped her orange drink.

colourful 2Worrying that I wouldn’t get time to go out on the lookout for colourful photos, I took this one. I love this colourful fruit. We’ve had it for many years and it’s as fresh as it was when we first bought it.

colourful 3I was coming down stairs and saw our neighbour’s garden through the window. I was struck by how colourful it was, so the next time I went out I grabbed a few shots with my iPhone. I must admit that the photos didn’t do it justice. I love yellow flowers!

colourful 4By now, I was getting a bit desperate, so I took a shot of one of my colourful paintings as a standby. I give you, my standby photo. A portion of one of my paintings.

colourful 5That’s my five for this month and if you want to see more colourful photos, click the image at the top of this post.

Bottom-Banner.jpgEdit, for those that asked. Here is the full painting.



Do you remember me saying that I was very busy, working on something and that I would eventually blog about it?

Well, this is the post that will reveal all.  Mo and I have been together for 33 years and the day has finally come, that we can make it perfectly legal.

On 20th September 2014, we will become Mrs & Mrs.Finally

It has been a huge job, organizing everything, but we are all set to go now. I hope.

Guess who’s coming, all the way from the US, to share our special day with us?  Junkdrawer Kathy and Dave! We were so surprised when they said they would arrange a holiday in the UK, so they could share the day.  They will be spending three days with us, so that will be a bit of icing on the cake.  Talking about cake. I mustn’t forget to pick that up, before we leave.

We are not getting married where we live, so will travel down the day before the wedding. There will be no room for forgetting anything. No rushing back at the last minute for a forgotten item.

Of course, there will be plenty of photos after and there will be a full length video as soon as I can get it edited. You will all be welcome to view them, if you want to.

I can’t believe that it’s only four weeks away.  These rings have gone on ahead of us. Just in case.


Photo Blogging Challenge – Baseball


July 2014

This month’s Photo Blogging Challenge is Baseball

This has been a really hard prompt for me. Baseball is not a British sport, so I’m not likely to find the odd baseball (or anything to do with the game) floating about for me to photograph.  I have had to think really hard to come up with anything and I only made four photos.

This is a photo of the little ball on the peg of the ‘bass’ string of my guitar. I claim ‘Bass Ball’.

Bass ball 1

This next photo is of our temperature gauge. I can’t remember what it’s called now, so if any of you know, maybe you can remind me. If the base ball was at the top, it would be very cold indeed.  Thankfully, I’ve never seen it anywhere, but at the base. Although it’s not a perfect ball, I claim ‘Base Ball’

Base ball 2

I was out into the garden and had my iPhone with me, when I noticed the cat’s ping-pong ball laying on the grass. It was at the base of our washing pole. I claim ‘Base Ball’

Base ball 3

This fourth photo was taken while sitting out in the garden in the hot sunshine (hence the bad photo). This is not a ball, as such, but a balloon that has deflated. Jenny loves playing with balloons and this one had floated down the garden. It was laying at the base of our hedge. I claim ‘Base Ball’

baseball 4

If I find another photo opportunity before time runs out, I will add it. If not, I’m sorry, but four will be my contribution this month.

For more photos in this challenge, click the link at the top of the post.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Vehicle

Top-banner.jpg  June 2014

This months photo blogging challenge is – Vehicle

I have managed to get five photos this month, but I actually missed some great shots.  Travelling along in the car, with iPhone in hand and ready was not good enough. By the time we’d seen it and I raised my phone it was gone!  What was gone?  A beautiful vintage car was gone! I suppose, on the road, is the best way to see vehicles, but it certainly isn’t the best way to photograph them, if they are going in the opposite direction.  I missed several great shots that way.

I did, however, manage to get this cyclist, before he passed by, so all was not lost that day. We get a lot of cyclists around these parts.

Vehicle 1

As you may be aware, we have the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire in July and they are preparing for this huge event all along the route. They are closing about 100 roads during the event, so the roads that aren’t closing will be a nightmare to travel on.  This next photo is a piece of art in a local shopping centre, depicting the cyclists.

Vehicle 2

The next is a common sight here. A tractor, pulling a truck full of what looked like grass, though I doubt it was. Nobody mows the grass here. The sheep do that 🙂

Vehicle 3

Here is another farm vehicle and I don’t pretend to know what jobs they all do, so that’s all I have to say on the subject. Where is the vintage car when you want it?  Gone is where.  Sorry about Mo’s green reflection in the car window.

Vehicle 4

This is a far more unusual sight where we live. In fact in the thirteen years we have lived here, it’s the first time we’ve seen it. Not one, but two police cars. I have no idea what it was for as there seemed to be no trouble anywhere. I do think they are parked rather strangely though. Almost as if they are hiding around the corner, in order to catch someone out. I watch too many police dramas 🙂

Vehicle 5

That’s my five for this month and I apologies for the fact that they are all phone shots. I haven’t been taking my camera out as we are going out each day for fast pace walking. Having a heavy camera swinging around your neck is not a good idea.



Check out all the other great photos in this challenge, by clicking the graphic at the top of this post.


I missed it!

This month has been a very busy one for me and to make things worse, we’ve had a lot of rain. I’m not complaining, because we had very little last year, compared to previous years. It has kept me inside, more than I had planned though.

I was looking forward to getting out and having fun, for this months photo blogging challenge, but only managed it once, before the rain set in. Now it’s the 30th of the month and I am too late. I will try my best to join in again for the next challenge.

doodlemeI haven’t posted much for quite a while now and don’t know when I will get back to regular posting. I may never again post two or three times a week, but I will post whenever the urge takes me.

It’s been a busy few months and will be for the next few months I imagine. I will, no doubt, be posting all about what has kept me so busy and when it’s over I will be plunged back into ‘normal’ life again. Twiddling my fingers and wondering what to do with my time. Unless, of course, my life takes another turn. Who knows what life has in store?  I didn’t expect what is happening at the moment, to ever happen, but it is.

I bet you’re wondering what is happening in my life, but I’m not telling you. At least not yet, anyway.

Photo Blogging Challenge – Smile

Top-banner.jpgApril 2014

This months photo blogging challenge is – Smile

This month has been a whirlwind of events for me, so I am late with this post. I managed to get a couple of photos taken.  The first one is of Mo’s smile.

smile 1

and the second one was when we went for a coffee, while shopping.  I tried to get the smile of the waitress, but she didn’t smile.

smile 2

We popped round to see my sister and I had my phone ready as she opened the door. Good job she isn’t a miserable person.

smile 3

Then I had go in for a cataract operation.  While waiting I suddenly looked down at my foot and smiled. They asked what size feet I had and before I could say anything, Mo said “Large”, remembering that I had broad feet. I only take a size 4 (uk) shoe, making my feet small.  They looked like canoes!

smile 4

Unfortunately, I couldn’t see much at all after the op, making it impossible to take photos for a couple of weeks. Just when my eye cleared, I went away for the weekend.

I’m hoping I will be forgiven for adding a photo that was taken on 31st March, to make up the 5th shot. Mo came home with the shopping and before she could unpack it, Jenny jumped up and into the carrier bag. That DID make us smile.

smile 5

Click the graphic at the top, to see more photos in this challenge.



Photo Blogging Challenge – One

Top-banner.jpgMarch 2014

This months photo blogging challenge is – One

It was a lovely, sunny day, so we went out for a long walk. Of course I took my camera, to see if I could get some shots for this challenge. I managed to get a few.  There were lots of ducks on the reservoir, but I noticed this one duck, all on it’s own and snapped it quickly, before the rest came swimming by.

One duck

Further along, we saw this. I have no idea why someone carried this all the way from the road and stuck it on a pole, but maybe it was just so I could get a shot of one bollard.

One bollardOn the way home I saw one plastic bag caught up in a tree. As the weather had been so windy, leading up to this day, I’m surprised there was only one.

one plastic bag

And here we have what I was looking for. A house number. It was a real struggle trying to find one, with my bad eyesight, I can tell you.

No 1

Jenny loved the little tunnel we bought her, so Mo bought another……and another…….and another, until we had five of them. A Double and four singles. She then tied them all together to make one long tunnel. Yes, Jenny loved it, but we had to take a couple off in the end. It was just too long.

One tunnel

That’s my five for this month and if you want to see more of this photo challenge, just click the graphic below.


Photo Blogging Challenge – Red

Top-banner.jpg February 2014

This months photo blogging challenge is – Red

I had a new iPad Mini for Christmas. I’ve always gone for black, whenever I have bought an iPhone or iPad, along with black covers. This time I thought it was time for a change and I got myself a bright red cover. I rather like it.

iPadOur new kitten loves to play unusual games and in the next photo you will see her asleep in her bed. In front, is her red fleece blanket. She loves to play bull fighting with it. Her favourite toys at the moment are this blanket and a stick that we have to throw for her and drag it round and round for her to chase, until she falls down.

blanketWe decided to go out for some lunch and as I was waiting for Mo to get the car up, I realised that our car is red, so quickly took this next photo. Our red car.

carIt wouldn’t be right to not include one of our red post boxes, or a red phone box, so here you have an English phone box. Our red phone boxes are gradually disappearing, as the need for public telephones diminish.

phone boxFinally, we stopped for a cup of tea. Here is Mo and my sister having a giggle with some red carnations on the table.

chattingTo check out more photos from this challenge, click the banner below, or at the top of this post.



WWFC writing challenge and a Sofa Conversation

To all of the people taking part in the WWFC writing challenge – and any other readers I have.

I have recently started the mammoth task, of scanning a whole life’s worth of photographs on to my computer. I have been doing it for the last few weeks and I have just as many weeks left, probably more, before I finish. I keep finding more, long forgotten albums, tucked away, with yet more memories. of holidays, days out, parties and lots of family fun. Not to forget photos of Mo and I when we were young. Once I’ve finished, I will be making movies for the family’s viewing pleasure.

Why am I telling you this? I’m telling you, because I feel bad that I can’t spend the time taken to comment on all of your posts. I am enjoying reading them as and when I take a break from scanning, but I just don’t have the time to comment on them, so forgive me.

The following is a conversation we had while watching the X Factor, a while back. It seems I forgot to post it.  What’s new?

sofa backIt was disco week on X Factor. We remember disco fondly. We used to go out dancing regularly, so some of the music holds fond memories for us.

“Here we are folks….. Live, on stage….. performing a medley of their hits is….. CHIC….. along with …….”

Mo and me, in unison: “Who?”

They start singing and he starts playing guitar and mumbling words into the microphone.

Me: “Oh I remember all of these”

Mo: “Yes, but I never knew his name”

Me: “No, me neither……. I still don’t”

Performance ends and he is interviewed, as all the star turns are, every week. Interview over. “OK guys, give it up for …….” (crowd applause) he leaves the stage.

Me: “I still don’t know his name”

Mo: “Me neither”

We look at each other and burst out laughing.


Why is the X Factor audience so loud?

Or is it that we are both going deaf?


Photo Blogging Challenge – New

Top-banner.jpgJanuary 2014

This months photo blogging challenge is – New

I dislike a lot of modern day comedy, for two main reasons. I don’t find humour that relies on smutty talk, funny or clever. It’s looking for easy laughs and shock from the audience. I also don’t like a lot of swearing, which they seem to do. Add to that, the fact that I have never found slapstick funny. Not since I was a child, in the days of Norman Wisdom, so I can’t, for the life of me, understand why I find Mrs Brown’s Boys so hilarious.


Mo’s f****** mug

Mo and I love it and we’re not alone. His live shows are fully booked out, the moment tickets go on sale. The show encompasses all three of my dislikes in comedy, but he carries it all off so well, that we can’t stop laughing. He writes and directs it all himself and the cast are all his family members.  My first photo is a new mug I bought for Mo, with his ‘made famous’ words on it. She loves it and uses it constantly.

This next photo was a complete surprise to me.  I was waiting for Mo to bring the car up and I noticed these new shoots popping up through the shingle. This is a very strange sight in January.

New leaf

New shoots

A few days later I saw this. A rose bud. Unfortunately, it was windy and I couldn’t get the silly thing to stay still long enough for a clear shot. I can’t believe that we are getting flowers popping up in January.

New rose bud

New rose bud

I feel the cold – I feel the cold a lot!  Mo, on the other hand, will have a cool air fan on all year round. I sit shivering, while Mo sits sweating. I suddenly found the answer to all of our misery. I bought myself a onesie and it works a treat. I no longer pester Mo to have the heating on. It keeps me just warm enough. Of course, being so short meant that I couldn’t get just any onesie. I found the site that makes them to measurements you give them. I was so pleased with it that I decided to get a second one, so I could have a change and it arrived last week. This is my new onesie.


My onesie

Why do I have to be so small?  I have to have a made to measure onesie and I have had problems buying shoes, for years now. I am only a size 4 (UK) and shoe makers assume that a size 4 means you have little children’s feet. I don’t have. In fact they are broader than most. I can’t buy shoes from a shoe shop. They won’t fit my feet and getting fed up with wearing the same old sloppy shoes for years, I searched online and found a site that specialise in broader fit shoes. In fact they start at size 3 (UK). Of course, you have to pay for that and my shoes are usually about £80. I can’t afford to buy shoes, just because I want to any more, but was getting really bored wearing the same shoes all the time. Even though they look as good as new. I know I have had them for years.

My birthday meant I had some cash to spend and would you believe they had a huge sale on. I got a pair of £82 shoes for £50. They arrived today and I am well pleased.  I’m afraid the kitten had to get her nose in the photo.


My new shoes

That’s my five for this month.